Today, NAHC shared the following information about National Influenza Vaccination Week that is going on now and we're publishing it here to help spread the word to the home care, private duty and DME companies who follow our blog.
National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as foster greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season into January and beyond. This year's NIVW (originally scheduled for December 6-10, 2009) will be held January 10-16, 2010. Visit www.Flu.gov/getvaccinated for more information.
Since the spread of 2009 H1N1 influenza is likely to continue into the new year, NIVW will be an important opportunity to promote uptake of 2009 H1N1 flu vaccination at a time when demand for vaccine usually drops significantly. While influenza is unpredictable, and while we do not know the likelihood of a future wave of H1N1 influenza, we do know that if more people are vaccinated, the disease is less likely to spread in the coming months.
One of the many goals for NIVW is to engage at-risk audiences who are not yet vaccinated, hesitant about vaccination, or unsure about where to get vaccinated. Every year, certain days during NIVW are designated to highlight the importance for certain groups, like health care workers and children, to get vaccinated. This year's national schedule is as follows:
- Sunday, January 10 Kickoff
- Monday, January 11 General audience and health care workers
- Tuesday, January 12 People with chronic health conditions that put them at high risk of serious influenza-related complications
- Wednesday, January 13 Children, pregnant women, and caregivers of infants less than 6 months old
- Thursday, January 14 Young adults (19 to 24 years old)
- Friday, January 15 Seniors
- Saturday, January 16 Wrap-up
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